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How cold is too cold to send students to school?

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You're going to want to bundle your kids up as they head out the door. These cold temperatures can make waiting at the bus stop downright dangerous. News 5 spoke to a local school about how cold it has to be before school is called off. 

The Lewis-Palmer School District often begins monitoring the weather days in advance. Temperature and windchill are big factors when making their decision on whether to delay school.

They tell News 5 -17 degree wind chill is the baseline. This is when hypothermia can start to set in, especially if kids are outside at bus stops for too long. 
Other  factors obviously include amount of snow, slickness and visibility on the roads.

"We're going to pay attention to all of the conditions," said Julie Stephen with Lewis-Palmer School District. "Is there ice on the roads? Is there wind? What is the base temperature?"

"All of those factors are going to contribute to our consideration of the safety of our kids," continued Stephen.

The team also contacts other school districts and makes sure all buildings are operational. It's only then they can determine whether to stay on a regular schedule, delay the start, or cancel school all together.

Of course News 5 is always on top of weather closings and delays and will bring them to you as soon as we learn them. So far, there are none on this freezing day so make sure to wear gloves and a hat!

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